What To Expect When Kansas Launches Sports Betting

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Legal sports betting is expected to expand to a handful of new states over the coming months. Some of the states have been working on legislation since the beginning of the year (we’re looking at you, Ohio) while Kansas is trying to fast-track its launch. Kansas governor Laura Kelly signed sports betting into law in May and regulators are attempting to have wagering available in time for week one of the NFL season.

What Kansas sports betting apps will be available? What can bettors in The Sunflower State expect when Kansas launches sports betting? Popular Kansas betting apps like DraftKings and FanDuel are now offering pre-launch offers you can claim today. Let’s take a look.

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How Expansive Will The Kansas Sports Betting Market Be?

SB 84 allows for both in-person and mobile sports wagering. At full maturity, Kansas will have four retail sportsbooks, 12 online sportsbooks, and betting kiosks at up to 200 businesses and fraternal organizations. By default, the market in Kansas will be bigger than in Tennessee considering only mobile betting is currently legal in Tennessee.

Casino and Online Sportsbook Partnerships

Each of Kansas’ four casinos will be able to partner with up to three online operators to make up the state’s 12 online licenses. Some of those partnerships have already been announced:

Kansas Casino Online Partner #1 Online Partner #2 Online Partner #3
Kansas Star Casino BetMGM FanDuel
Hollywood Casino at Kansas Speedway Barstool FOX Bet
Boot Hill Casino and Resort DraftKings Bally Bet
Kansas Crossing Casino and Hotel PointsBet Caesars

 

FanDuel, DraftKings, PointsBet, and Barstool will each provide retail sports betting in Kansas as well as the casinos they have partnered with.

A Staggered Launch for Kansas?

The reason why Ohio has yet to launch sports betting is the simultaneous rollout of retail, kiosk, and mobile betting on the same day. This means the Ohio Casino Control Commission has to pour over thousands of applications and decide which to approve before January 1, 2023, the universal launch date in Ohio. Kansas won’t have either issue to contend with.

Instead of seeing the entire Kansas sports betting market launch at the same time, we’re likely to see a staggered launch. This is especially true if the state is hellbent on making sports betting available as soon as possible.

What could a staggered launch look like? This could work out in one of two ways. First, retail and mobile sports betting launch at the same time but only a handful of the online sportsbooks go live on day one. This is what happened in Arizona as there were eight sportsbooks available across the state when wagering launched. Fast forward several months later and there are now 17 online sportsbooks in The Grand Canyon State.

The other (and more likely) option would be for retail betting to become available first while the Kansas Lottery and Kansas Racing and Gaming Commission hammer out all of the necessary details for mobile wagering. In anticipation of the potential launch of sports betting by the start of the NFL season, the Kansas Speedway announced the Cup Series race will be renamed the Hollywood Casino 400 presented by Barstool Sportsbook. There are plans for a temporary sportsbook space while a permanent, full-service retail sportsbook is being built. The three other casinos in the state will likely do the same.